Southern routs Northwestern for 4A championship, 64-41 Balance, quickness keys to Bulldogs' win

Boys basketball

March 10, 1996|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK -- Team Serious finished business last night.

No. 3 Southern-B won its second state 4A championship in three seasons, routing Northwestern of Prince George's County, ranked No. 9 in the Washington area, 64-41, at the University of Maryland last night.

Dedric Galloway and Marlin Wise led a balanced attack for Southern (24-3) with 15 points each and John Hemsley added 12. Sean Smith led Northwestern (17-7) with 10 points.

In winning its third state championship in four seasons, Southern, ranked No. 16 nationally by USA Today, also gave Baltimore City seven state titles in four seasons and a 61-8 record in tournament play.

The Bulldogs, now 16-1 in state postseason play, made it look simple last night, scoring the game's first nine points.

Against an impressive Northwestern starting front line, including the 6-foot-7 Smith, 6-8 Jamar Gaither and 6-5 Randy Dickerson, Southern's quickness was too much for the Wildcats' man-to-man defense. The Bulldogs had a double-figure lead for nearly the entire game.

* Central 82, Aberdeen 64: Central of Prince George's County used a 14-0 run early in the third quarter to pull away from Aberdeen and take the Class 2A crown.

Kevin Flood led the Falcons (24-3) with 22 points.

The loss ended Aberdeen's (22-3) 18-game winning streak.

* Cambridge-South Dorchester 71, Williamsport 51: Hanee Camper had 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists as Cambridge-South Dorchester jumped out to a 21-5 lead and went on to beat Williamsport (22-6) for the Class 1A state championship.

Pub Date: 3/10/96

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